contact mine


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contact mine

[′kän‚takt ‚mīn]
(ordnance)
A mine that is fired when struck by the hull of a passing ship.
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These low-value ships can be configured to withstand multiple hits without sinking, in an operation called "check sweeping." During the 1980s "tanker war" in the Arabian Gulf, for example, M/V Bridgeton struck a contact mine but was able to remain under way and thereafter served (inadvertently) as a guinea pig/ minesweeper of sorts, leading the way for the U.S.
The mine stock is estimated to number tens of thousands of weapons, mostly derivatives of USSR/ Russian origin, including M-08, M-12, M-16 and M-26 moored contact mines; the MYaM shallow water and M-KB deep water contact mines; the PLT-3 contact mine (submarine laid); and KMD and air-launched AMD influence mines.
But at sea things were different, there was nothing phoney about the contact mines which were sliding into the sea from the German destroyers off the Tyne.
Magnetic mines differed from the floating contact mines often seen in films.
For information on how to acquire a copy in Canada, contact Mines Action Canada, email macinfo@web.ca, telephone 613 241 3777.
An important place to begin a review of the modern adaptation of jus in bello, especially with victim-triggered weapons, is with the 1907 Hague Convention VIII Relative to the Laying of Automatic Submarine Contact Mines. Noting that the freedom of peaceful navigation is vital even during times of war, Article 1 of this agreement forbade the use of unanchored automatic contact mines unless they were designed to disarm themselves no more than an hour after being deployed.(46) The same article also forbade the use of anchored automatic contact mines which would not self-disarm if the tether were broken.(47) Articles 2 and 3 refined the general principles of this convention by explaining that the agreement's substantive content was designed to protect commercial (civilian) shipping.
It was difficult to make our way through the stakes that had been sunk as obstructions, because there were contact mines fastened to them, that looked like large double pie plates fastened face to face.
Today, in addition to traditional, low-technology contact mines, the Navy can expect to encounter far more advanced systems that incorporate magnetic, acoustic, seismic, underwater electric potential, pressure, delayed arming mechanisms, propulsion systems, coatings and camouflage techniques that make mines more difficult to detect.
reported resumption of drilling at its 40%-owned Tonkin Springs gold property in Eureka County, Nev., by its operator and 60% owner Sudbury Contact Mines, a subsidiary of Agnico-Eagle Mines.
Juniors like Mustang Minerals and Wallbridge Mining both have base metal exploration projects west and east of Kirkland Lake, while diamond hunters such as Sudbury Contact Mines, Dianor Resources and Tres-Or Resources are finding kimberlites in the Timiskaming-Hailey-bury-Cobalt areas.
Ryder remains encouraged by the abundance of diamond exploration activity in the North, including Sudbury Contact Mines' bulk sampling of a kimberlite in the New Liskeard area, De Beers considering setting up an office in Timmins to service its Victor project and Metalex Ventures discovering a kimberlite at its Attawispiskat diamond project.